Serious Art, Serious Fun

COVID-19 Update:

The Oxbow School has been the proud host to an immersive summer camp experience on our beautiful campus for many years. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and informed by the most recent guidance from state and local authorities, we have made the difficult decision to cancel our 2020 summer camp. The health and safety of our community, and yours, is our highest priority.

Our alumni credit their experience at Oxbow as “life-changing”—artistically and personally—and we remain committed to arts education. We look forward to resuming Summer Camp next year! Registration for Summer Camp 2021 will open on October 1st.

Summer Video

No Lanyards Made Here!

At Oxbow, we don’t do busy craft projects. Our art-immersion program encourages the exploration of each student’s creativity and vision. We provide campers exceptional instruction in the fundamentals of a variety of mediums. Students then have the opportunity to design and create their own projects. Campers benefit from the Oxbow philosophy that there is no limit to what they can create given an environment of high-level instruction, encouragement, and support. Campers return home with concrete evidence of their progress and the realization that they are capable of making great art.

View/Download our 2020 OSAC Brochure. Please also visit our "Registration" tab for more information about tuition, financial aid, and more.

Serious Art

Based on the Oxbow semester model, camp focuses on creating project-based art in a wide variety of media. Taught by professional teaching artists, campers will first explore the fundamentals in drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, and video. At Oxbow, campers are encouraged to find and develop their own particular interests and voice. During this time, campers are exposed to a wide variety of artistic styles and artwork. They will engage in discussions on why artists create and where they get their inspiration. In the second half of camp, campers propose a "final project" in the medium of their choice around a topic that has personal relevance to them. The remainder of studio time is devoted to bringing that piece to fruition. Along the way, campers learn the steps of the artistic process from idea to creation, peer feedback, reflection about their process, and how to present their piece.

Serious Fun

Though art is our emphasis, we know it is summer and time for outdoor fun. In addition to lots of studio time, Oxbow campers will enjoy plenty of co-curricular activities such as inspiration evenings, campfires, yoga, hiking, film screenings, and visits to local art exhibitions, and personal time for making art with their friends.

Available Media

Students work in a variety of media of their choosing, such as:

  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
  • Printmaking
  • Photography
  • Fabrication & Installation
  • Animation & Video

At Oxbow, teens’ creativity is nurtured and explored. Students come away from the program inspired by what they've seen and learned. They have developed enhanced art skills, life-long friendships, and personally significant artwork.

*Family and friends are invited to come to the final show on the last Sunday of each session to view and celebrate the camper's accomplishments.